By the numbers, and in pictures: Atlantic Canada's (latest) epic snow blast
Monday, February 16, 2015, 11:23 AM - People in Atlantic Canada must be pretty numb by now.
Once again, the region was a bullseye for a powerful winter storm this past weekend. Unbelievably strong winds combined with astonishing snowfall to basically shut the place down.
At one point, the snow was coming down at rates of 5 cm per hour, and more in some places. Here's what 12 hours of snow looks like when you compress it into 48 seconds:
That's from a viewer in Oxford, Nova Scotia, shot from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. And that's not remotely as bad as it got across the Maritimes Sunday.
In fact, the worst snow from the whole system seems to have been in PEI, where 70 cm were listed in Charlottetown, although other major cities logged more than 50 cm also.
That's an absurd amount of snow, and when it inevitably stops falling, that's when the hard work comes in.
Hard to shovel out your stairs when it's not clear where your stairs even are:
And after you've somehow managed to clear a path from your door, there's the little matter of digging out your car.
This is where remembering to keep your windshield wipers up comes in handy. Popular belief is that it's for making it easier to clear off the windshield, but it also doubles as a means of locating your vehicle, endorsed by the RCMP in PEI:
Making things much, much worse are the very strong winds from this system.
Ever-windy Grand Etang on Cape Breton clocked a gust of 176 km/h, but even in places not plagued by abnormally high winds saw some very stiff gusts, and strong sustained winds also.
Incidentally, The Weather Network's Mark Robinson and Jaclyn Whittal were on the (rapidly vanishing) ground in Prince Edward Island.
Here's what happens to TV personalities when you put them outside in 115 km/h winds:
Strong winds blowing around major snowfall means monster snowdrifts, especially against homes and other large structures.
Here's what many front doors and windows are looking like in PEI and other hard-hit areas:
Complicating matters, at least for Nova Scotia, was a switchover from snow to rain, then back to snow for several hours Sunday.
That made for some flooded roads in some parts of Halifax, but also when the temperatures plunged (as much as eight degrees in one hour), flash freeze was the result, such that people will have to chisel, as well as dig, their cars out:
And it's not just humans who've suffered. Imagine having to take your furry friends outside in that mess.
Although this guy in New Brunswick does appear to have taken it in stride: